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Confessions of a Brunette


By Maree Chavez - January 16, 2019

My name is Maree, and I have been hiding my natural hair color since I was 20.Looking back, I never thought much about it. It's what one does, especially since my parents are both hairdressers. It was just like brushing my teeth or shaving my legs. I colored my hair every three weeks. It was part of my life.I truly thought it was part of MY life forever. Until last April.

I was introduced to a book by Lorraine Massey called the Silver Hair, A Handbook. I was instantly drawn to it not because of the silver in the title, but because it was written by the same woman who wrote the Curly Girl, The Handbook. Her philosophy and message in Curly Girl is all about embracing one's natural curl. She shares stories, tips, quotes and anecdotes for particular curly girl challenges. Her book flies off the shelves at our salon because she dives into something much deeper than a spiral curl. I see women shifting into seeing things differently and, therefore, accepting things differently.

At first Silver Hair seemedunfathomable, but, as I dug deeper, I began to feel connected to her ideas: It's not about letting yourself go, it's about letting go. The seed was planted.

Someday, I thought, maybe I'll play around with that idea. Well, on April 15th last year, literally overnight, I decided to not pick up the color bottle and I began my journey. I'm over nine months color-free and it's been quite a trip. The gasps, the second glances, the curious looks, the inquisitive questions, the why-on-earth-would-you-do-that exclamations that were spoken  (and unspoken). It’s all played a part in the last year.

I feel like a penguin on her march. I'm not quite sure why I am being pulled, but, whatever it is, I am grateful because IT is what is keeping me grounded during this very emotional, spiritual, personal and vulnerable path that I am on. 
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Highlights with a purpose

Blending as opposed to covering gray

By Maree Chavez - October 3, 2018

We chose a vanilla honey highlite and placed in the gray areas. We then glazed all of her hair with a shiny conditioning gloss to soften and polish all of her hair.

Now her highlites blend in with her gray resulting in a softer, warmer 'frame' for her beautiful face♡.

Highlights with a purpose

Blending as opposed to covering gray

By Maree Chavez - October 3, 2018

This client wants to continue to grow out her gray. She's feeling like the gray hair is a bit drab and wirey....see solution in next photo......

Wearing it up.

Exposing more

By Maree Chavez - September 28, 2018

In this photo I was on my way to hair industry event.

I knew I had to pull my brave together since I would be in a room full of hairstylists:)

The outcome? A mixed bag of reactions and opinions.

The younger generation asked me "what color silver toner" I used and the more seasoned stylists looked at me with a bit of curious wonder---some LOVE IT---some can't wrap their head around WHY someone would WANT to be gray.
Some people say "well YOUR hair is a good kind of silver ---mine isn't.... OR  "wouldn't it be cool if ALL of your hair was white like the front"....

I'm discovering that this is truly my own unique path. My natural hair color has it's own pattern and tone unlike anyone else..this is what is becoming the fun part---...instead of looking in the mirror and seeing old and gray---I SEE WITH a young curiosity.
 
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lighter

just hanging out at home --casual.

By Maree Chavez - August 15, 2018

So --experiementing at home. different ways to wear my hair. I could almost pull this off....I need a little more 'super white light" highlites pulled thru the back and side panels to get a better blend. But just for hanging out at home it's not bad..... (and to be honest -I am wearing my hair like this today at work). I know that it needs work---just don't have the time...but it's fun to wear it down again:)